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Legal Assistant Posts

Please note that the deadline for applications for legal assistant posts in 2020 has now passed.  We are no longer accepting applications for this year.

The next recruitment campaign is likely to take place early in 2021.  Details of the posts available then will be added to this website page towards the end of January 2021.

Applications are generally invited from those who can demonstrate that they have achieved very high academic standards in Scots law, and that they have excellent research skills and experience.  The minimum criteria for applying is that an applicant must have obtained or expect to obtain by summer 2021 a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Scots Law or any other similar academic qualification which provides evidence of relevant knowledge and understanding of Scots law.  Applications from other suitably qualified candidates who have relevant experience may exceptionally be considered. 

Please note we are not offering work experience placements at the Commission.

Equal Opportunities

The Scottish Law Commission and Scottish Government are committed to equality of opportunity of employment for all, on the basis of ability, qualifications and fitness for work. Applications are invited from all those who are, or expect to be qualified and eligible irrespective of race, age, gender, marital status, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

The Commission will interview applicants who have a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, who meet the minimum criteria for appointment and who claim a guaranteed interview.

The Commission's Equality and Diversity Policy is reviewed on a regular basis.

In terms of the Race Relations Act 1976 we are required to undertake the ethnic monitoring of staff we employ directly and to publish the results. This duty only applies in respect of our legal assistants whom we recruit directly on fixed term contracts. The results of the monitoring for legal assistants appointed in September 2020 are available.